Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan reports on things from 2010, including the influx of free online classes.
What Events Happened With Online Learning In 2010
Like it or not, the future of higher education rests on the shoulders of online course curricula. Back in 2010, when online educational challenges were still new, many in the higher education industry predicted that 90 percent of its future success was riding on the success of online, customizable courses. But online course iterations only helped prepare higher education’s leadership for the next great disruption in higher education, which is the world of post-secondary education’s rapidly evolving partnership with post-secondary students. In 2018, online courses will grow their importance to institutions for producing a higher-quality return on investment for students, ensuring higher profit margins while enhancing student quality and outcomes, and graduating at higher rates. As colleges continue to adjust and adapt to shifting market demands, there are five big milestones we should celebrate on the front of higher education’s transformation.
5. 1 Million+ Undocumented Students Drop Out of College
By now, it’s become clear to most stakeholders that the United States’ higher education systems must change to produce a stronger, broader, and more equitable workforce for the 21st century. The research shows that the nation’s colleges cannot be successful unless they prepare enough workers for today’s high-wage jobs, and that it’s easy to become a “miss-and-miss” college. The U.S. is facing a nearly $1 trillion-dollar shortfall in the job market over the next 10 years, thanks to high-demand and low-skill labor. Everyone from Washington D.C. and business leaders to educators and parents are calling for more affordable educational paths to get students trained for the jobs of the future.
Enter undocumented students, who, due to policies and enforcement, can’t attend the nation’s universities, although they’re often our fastest-growing high school graduates. The need for these students is especially acute for urban, minority, and low-income students, a group that is just over half of those enrolling in college today. In just the first decade of the 21st century, DACA and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted citizenship to recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that paved the way for these students, yielded over 1 million students. While DACA is now being repealed by the Trump administration, the opportunity DACA gave to student voices that otherwise would have remained marginalized was indeed extraordinary.
4. College-Level Fluency Becomes a Core Learning Objective
Moving from aspiration to implementation is a significant milestone in American higher education. In order to reach these bottom-line-driven goals, policymakers across the nation increasingly identify college-level proficiency as a core performance expectation. This is especially clear in Iowa, which in 2015 implemented its “College Level Intensive” model, seeking to prepare all students for college by placing students in at least 10,000 hours of college-level instruction. Today, New Jersey’s Tuition Equity and Excellence Act also places a comparable pressure on colleges to prepare all students for college.
3. Fusion of Massive Open Online Courses
Learning’s best opportunities have always been in the world outside of the four walls of a classroom. But since the 1970s, large institutions have resisted turning their resources over to all-inclusive online learning, largely out of fear that too many students would fail. Today, however, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have grown from the activity of free or inexpensive amateurs to the establishment of educational institutions, and more importantly, much greater access to affordable, high-quality, high-quality open course content. MOOCs have become a huge infrastructure around the world, providing educational resources to over 35 million students worldwide. In addition, MOOCs have given rise to new career paths, like health care’s MOOC-inspired career training, and tech-focused online learning centers. A major announcement from March this year featured Spotify, Gogo, a business jet supplier, UPS, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise as ten companies coming together to launch the Higher Education Services Consortium (HESC), an independent, not-for-profit company with MOOCs as its core offering.
2. 88% of Graduates are Seeking Some Enhanced Careers After College
While employment is certainly a crucial component of post-secondary education and post-college workforce readiness, another important aspect of post-college success is college-level skills that allow students to take advantage of a broad array of jobs in the economy. In 2010, 68 percent of college graduates were employed in industries that contribute to GDP, one of the highest percentages ever. In 2018, that number had risen to 88 percent, with no signs of slowing down. Today, students of all ages can be selective about the fields in which they want to